Impulse was the premier Canadian art and culture magazine of the 1970s and 80s, a visual and conceptual cornerstone in magazine publishing. During its run, Impulse featured the writings and thought of some of the world's most influential and provocative minds, including Jean Baudrillard, William S. Burroughs, and Paul Virilio, and work by some of the world's foremost artists, among them Patti Smith, Michael Snow, and Joel Peter Witkin. The magazine was experimental, a work of art in itself. Eldon Garnet was the editor and publisher of Impulse from 1975 to 1990, when it ceased publication, and with Impulse Archaeology, he brings the magazine's spirit back to life. The book is an eclectic collection of original and groundbreaking interviews, articles, and artwork that ranges in scope from pieces on Punk rock to early discussions on postmodernism, and that includes contributions from artists, architects, writers, and philosophers. Impulse Archaeology honours this important period in Canadian art and cultural history, recalling the early influence of like-minded publications from New York and the import of French theorists and European artists and writers into North America.
Impulse brought the world into Canada and Canada to the world.
Eldon Garney is an international photographic artist and novelist based in Toronto and a professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design.
* Introduction* No author/Special Transmission for Canadian Press* Patti Smith/ Drawings* Michael Snow/ Larry Dubin's Music* Lola Michael/Blondie: A Toronto Conversation* James Wines/Site* Eldon Garnet/Andy Warhol* Chris Burdon/The Curse of the Big Job* Rodney Werden/Baby Dolls* Tom Sherman and Robin Collyer/Once Living in a Healthy State of Paranoia* Shelagh Alexander/Mr. Leather* PL Noble/Devo* Buckminister Fuller/Interview: Michael Kieran* John Brown/Rich People* Krzystof Wodiczko/Vehicles* Philip Monk/Violence and Representation* Willoughby Sharp/Zero Time Data Hideout: Alain Robbe-Grillet Interviewed* Patrick Mata and Cece Cole/ Nina Hagen* Tom Dean/Ramps* Donna Lypchuk/Rebel Without a Car* Chris Dewdney/Case A-7* Matt Cohen/In Search of Inspiration* Gerard Malanga/Shark Bait* Russ Meyer/Interview* Judith Doyle/Transcript* Ander James Paterson/KRAFTWERK* Eduardo Galeano/ OF Virgins and Saints* Lynne Tillman/Diary of a Masochist* Lisa Baumgardner/Diary Excerpt* Eldon Garnet and James Dunn/Cronenberg* James Wines/Fear of the Albany Mall* John Bentley Mays/The Victim's Ball* Sylvere Lotringer/The New Alliance* David Lake/John Kenneth Galbraith* Terence Sellers/Correct Sadist* Jean Baudrillard/Nuclear Implosion* Roger Peyrefitte/Excepts from the Memoirs of Baron Wilhelm V. Gloeden* Joel Peter Witkin/Photographs* Donna Wyszomierski/More Time on His Hands* Maurice Blanchot/The Right Time* Hans Haacke/Voici Alcan* Sylvere Lotringer/Framing Death* General Idea/Self Portrait* Nancy Burson/WARHEAD 3rd Nuclear Powers Composite* Nancy Johnson/I saw on TV* Kathy Acker/Scenes of World War III* Jean Baudrillard/The Child in the Bubble* Pierre Guyota/Coma* Eldon Garnet/I Shot Mussolini* Brian Weil/Miami Police Force* Alexander Wilson/The Managed Landscape* Dot Tuer/An Encounter with Holocaust Resionism* David Burgess/The Orillia Opera* Pier-Luigi Tazzi/A Whole Story* Liliana Heker/Jocasta* Jeanne Randolph/Small Diary of Suppression* Jenny Holzer/Bodies Lie In...* Eldon Garnet/Tony Schwartz: Electronic Persuasion* Jenny Holzer/Let Your Hand...* Komar Melamid/Thank you Comrade Stalin for Our Happy Childhood* David Greenberger/The Duplex Planet* Chris Dercon/Speed-Space* Albert Russo/Tunsian Fever* Brian Boigon/Shopping for the Real* Nicole Brossard/Certain Words* Andrew James Paterson/Men who Don't Drive* Andrea Ward/Frederick Jameson* Barbara Ess/Photograph* Arthur Kroker/Panic God* Donna Lypchuk/John Waters* Marguerite Duras/The Slut of the Normandy Coast* Christian Boltanski/Three Months of Distance* Geoff Pevere/Conventional Warfare* Angela Carter/The Executioner's Beautiful Daughter* Slyvere Lotringer/I Talked About God* Impulse/J.G. Ballard* William Burroughs/Blade Runner* Michael Focault/Radio Interview* Leon Golub/Art* Doug Walker/William Gibson* Ron Geyshick/Cannibal Women* Carolyn White/Safe* Alexander Pilis/Cannibal* Simon Watney/Laocoon* Joyce Weiland/The Black Dog* Roger Caillois/Mimetism and Psychathenia* David Nash/Ash Dome* Francis Ponge/Of Natural Crystals* Susan Speigel/HA! HA!* Christopher Weber/Northrop Frye* Tom Dean/Hell* William Burroughs/Tiger Terry* Eldon Garnet/William Burroughs* Louise Lawless/Enough